By John Lee.
Iran’s deputy nuclear chief has denied a report that the core of the Arak heavy-water reactor has been removed and filled with concrete.
According to BBC News, Ali Asghar Zarean said that Iran would sign an agreement with China to modify the reactor before doing so.
“Definitely, we will not apply any physical change in this field until a final agreement is finalized,” Zarean added.
On Monday, the semi-official Fars news agency cited unnamed sources as saying the reactor had been decommissioned.
The P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – had originally wanted the plant to be dismantled because of the risk of nuclear proliferation, but they eventually agreed that it could be redesigned so it would not produce any weapons-grade plutonium.
(Sources: BBC News, AP)